Thursday, 24 November 2016

What's inside the Thomas Minis advent calendar, a sneak peek behind the doors of this Christmas calendar exclusive to Asda stores. One week until Christmas advent countdown.

Thomas Minis Christmas advent calendar 

This year I have bought Thing 5 the Thomas Mini's advent calendar, exclusive to Asda this Christmas. 

Priced at £24.99 and contains 24 Thomas mini collectibles with 6 being special exclusive Christmas edition models. 

I took a sneak peek inside the Thomas Mini's advent to see what there was lurking behind the advent doors! 

Thing 5 has a few Thomas Mini collectible trains already and I thought this was ideal to get his collection really growing. Usually you would buy Thomas Mini's in a blind bag for around £2-£2.50 per train and it's a gamble as to whether you are going to end up with one that you already have. 

The price of the advent calendar compared to buying the single packs is very good and Thing 5 will love having a train to add to his collection each day. 

The advent calendar has a flip down section so as you open each door and get a train out you can place it on the printed track play section and either display them until you have all 24 or start playing straight away, I know what Thing 5 will be doing! 

So here is what is inside the Thomas Mini's advent calendar this year. 

24 Thomas Mini collectible trains for each day of advent. 

Santa Thomas can be found behind door number 24

The 6 exclusive Christmas trains can be found behind the last 6 doors. 

The full list of trains is as follows; 

Diesel 10
Iron Bert
Racing Thomas
Racing Spencer
Racing Flynn
Electrified Henry  # unreleased
Sweets Skarloey
Sweets Sidney
Sweets Ferdinand
Sports Porter
Sports Salty
Sports Edward  # unreleased
Holiday Thomas (exclusive)
Holiday Henry (exclusive)
Holiday James (exclusive)
Holiday Ben (exclusive)
Holiday Diesel (exclusive)
Holiday Toby (exclusive)

The advent calendar is an Asda exclusive and pops up online now and again so do keep an eye on the website and in local stores. It can also be found on eBay, Amazon and other websites although unfortunately at higher prices than was originally sold by Asda. 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

What shall I buy my four year old for Christmas? Thing 5's ultimate Christmas gift guide aka what he would like for Christmas including a Micro Scooter, pants and pickles!

Christmas gift guide for the tour year olds

Yes it's the festive season again and there is only 44 shopping days left until Christmas. I have started buying a few bits but will be doing the majority of my Christmas shopping in the next week or two.

The Thing's have been letting me know what they would like for Christmas and today we reveal what is on Thing 5's (aged 4 years) Christmas list. 

I love Christmas and it's always made more special by having the five children in the house to wake up on Christmas morning. 

They have all written me a list and told me most days what they would like Santa to bring them so here is Thing 5's Christmas list. 

First of all he would like a new scooter, his main request being that it is green. He had a Mini Micro scooter as did Thing 4 but they both need to upgrade to the Maxi Micro scooter. They use their scooters lots and Thing 5 would like to ride his to school like his friends do. 

Maxi Micro Scooter in teal green or bright green? RRP £119.95

Second on his list is a helmet to wear whilst he is riding his scooter. He has also found one on the Micro scooter website that he likes. He can be quite a speed demon on his scooter and we should really have some head protection for him whilst he is scooting his way around. 

These Micro Scooters helmets are fab and there are so many colours and patterns to choose from. RRP £24.95-£29.95 

Next up is a Minecraft diamond sword. Both Thing 4 and 5 want this for Christmas so I can foresee some festive sword fights going down! This is a foam sword made to look like the sword you would craft in a Minecraft game. 

Minecraft diamond sword. RRP around £19.99

Last year Thing 5 asked for some pickled onions and pants from Santa. He told everyone and that was all he wanted. This year his request is pickles and pants. Of course Santa will happily provide what he has asked for! I think this may become a Christmas tradition for Thing 5 even when he is grown up! 

This giant jar of pickles is from Costco and we buy it very often. I did think of buying a small jar but most of Thing's like pickles and they won't hang around for long! 

Last year he chose the Cath Kidston boys 2 pack of boxers and this year he will get the same. As for the pickles, I am are Santa knows just which pickles Thing 5 wants! 

Cath Kidston 2 pack of dino/astronaut boxers. RRP £12.99

As well as what is on his list I have already bought him the Thomas Minis advent calendar, the cost of which gets incorporated into his Christmas 'budget'! At £24.95 it contains 24 Thomas Minis which when bought separately cost £2.50 each. He already has a small collection of Thomas Minis and this will really build his collection. I have also bought a Thomas Minis carry case to store them all in (although we may need more than one!)

Thomas Mini's advent calendar, exclusive at Asda. RRP £24.99

Thomas Mini's carry case from Asda. 

What is on your four year olds Christmas list? Is it all toys or is there anything unusual on your little ones list too? 

Pickering's Gin Baubles! Set of six gin filled baubles ready for the Christmas tree and where to buy them from.

Pickering's Gin baubles

OMG, gin in a bauble. Christmas could not get much better for gin lovers. Forget the gin advent calendar, now you can decorate the tree and get a Pickering's gin treat in the process. 

A set of 6 different coloured baubles in each pack and each bauble containing 50mls of Pickering's gin (that's a double measure). The Pickering's Gin baubles cost £29.99 for 6 and come in a presentation box (as below).

The Pickering's Gin website states; 

Let the festivities be-gin! Introducing our gin-filled Christmas tree baubles, the perfect way to add some instant cheer to your tree.
Each bauble is filled with 50ml of Pickering’s Gin (that’s a double measure to you and me) and is decorated with a Pickering’s ribbon to hang from your tree.
Each pack includes 6 differently coloured baubles. Baubles not available individually online. Limited number available, please order early to avoid disappointment.
These Christmas baubles are filled with Pickering’s Gin, so please don’t leave them where children or animals can reach them, whether on your Christmas tree or elsewhere. We also ask that you don’t give them as a gift to anyone under the age of 18.
The baubles proved so popular that they are currently out of stock on their website although they have stated that there will be a second release in early December. They have also stated on their Facebook page that they will have limited numbers available at various christmas food events such as BBC Good Food Show, Birmingham. Foodies Christmas Festival @ EICC, Edinburgh & London, Truman Brewery.
Another stockist has just gone out of stock in the past 48 hours but do keep an eye on the Moonshine and Fuggles website who have stated they may get more stock. 
I have found a stockist that still has stock at the moment and if you want to get your hands on some gin baubles (who wouldn't!) they are still currently in stock on The Pip Stop website. You can also get 10% off your first order if you subscribe to their newsletter.
So what are you waiting for gin and christmas lovers. A festive tipple that will look good hanging on your Christmas tree. How long will they stay full for though?!